Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

The wife of disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has emerged from the shadows of political pariah-ville with new job in the family business. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

Former Ald. Richard Mell shed tears Wednesday as he reflected on what he called a "phenomenal life" while expressing regret for the time his nearly 40 years in public service kept him away from loved ones. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Deb Mell Picked To Succeed Father As Alderman

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose State Rep. Deborah Mell to fill the seat of Richard Mell, the 75-year-old alderman who submitted his resignation after nearly 40 years as a Northwest Side council man. Read »

Friday, Jul 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Marcus Riley

Retiring Alderman Mell Recalls Political Past

The second-longest serving member of Chicago's City Council and one of the city's most powerful aldermen on Friday plans to speak publicly for the first time since announcing his retirement this week. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Alderman Dick Mell Resigns

Alderman Dick Mell Resigns

33rd Ward alderman calls it quits after nearly 40 years on City Council. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Mell Takes "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" Too Far

Opinion: Mell Takes

Ald. Dick Mell -- the man who got his son-in-law elected governor -- now wants his daughter appointed to his city council seat. There ought to be a law against that kind of nepotism. Read »

Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Longtime Ald. Dick Mell Says He's Not Retiring

Longtime Ald. Dick Mell Says He's Not Retiring

The second-longest serving member of Chicago's City Council and one of the city's most powerful aldermen says he's not stepping down. Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Alds. Mell & Burke: The Old Gringos

Alds. Mell & Burke: The Old Gringos

Old white guys Dick Mell and Ed Burke, not African-Americans, are the real obstacles to Latino empowerment on the City Council. Read »

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

No Deal on Chicago Ward Maps

How Chicago's wards will look in the new year remained in question Thursday, with the Latino and Black caucuses each filing their own proposals after a behind-the-scenes deal fell through. Read »

Monday, Aug 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Relative Tied to Blago Case Charged With Tax Evasion

Relative Tied to Blago Case Charged With Tax Evasion

Frank Schmidt's garbage business ultimately put Blagojevich on the Gov't radar. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .